90,000 doses of Pfizer jab arrive
BY DILANTHI JAYAMANNE
Sri Lanka received more doses of US manufactured Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Monday (26). The country received a total of 90,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday (26), increasing the total number of Pfizer vaccines the country has received so far to 204, 000 doses, Health Ministry sources said. The Epidemiology Unit website noted that 113,967 persons had been administered with first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Nearly, 1,806,612 were fully vaccinated by 25 July 2021. According to Labour Minister, Nimal Siripala de Silva, the Pfizer jab was also to be administered to persons leaving for foreign employment, as it was recognised in Europe and Middle Eastern countries.
Meanwhile, the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPCO) issuing a COVID-19 Cluster Summery as at Sunday (25) said that during the third wave of the infection a total 6813 coronavirus cases had been diagnosed and nine deaths were recorded from that cluster.
Currently there were 898 active cases while 5906 have been discharged. The-post New Year Outbreak has seen a startling 187,183 cases with 3,481 deaths. Of them 22,901 were receiving treatment by Sunday (25). Another 3,177 cases have been diagnosed with the viral infection from the ‘Imported Cluster’, of them 2,016 were currently being treated.
During the second wave which erupted on 4 October 2020, the Prison cluster saw 5,959 COVID cases and 12 deaths while the ‘Imported Cluster’ had 1,839 cases and 13 deaths were recorded.